Historic Markers Across Georgia

Shade Grown Tobacco (Side 2)

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: US 27 median at Amsterdam, SE of Bainbridge, GA
County: Decatur
Coordinates: N 30° 43.615    W 084° 25.984
  30.72691666    -84.43306666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7G0B
Shade Grown Tobacco (Side 2) Marker
Photo by Tim Walleker


Shade Grown Tobacco

Cigar wrapper tobacco was grown only in a small area of Georgia, Florida and the Connecticut River Valley from the 1840 s to 1975. During the 1890 s, wooden arbors began to be used to make the leaves lighter and thinner. Later, cheese cloth tents were used to filter sunlight and keep insects out. After World War II, production was mechanized, but the cultivation of tobacco still remained one of the most labor intensive crops grown. With the extension of wage and hour to farm labor, costs rose to $7,000 per acre making the growing of tobacco economically prohibitive.

Sponsored by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission,
Decatur County Commission and the
Decatur County Historical Society, 1986.


Amsterdam, Georgia (Side 1)